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Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.
For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.
This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.
I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.
This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.
One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.
Recently i have decided that it's got to the point, after realizing what it is i do and how much control it has over me, that i want to stop.I have been trying extremely hard to, but now that i'm trying i can't tell if i'm either doing it more often…Continue
Maladaptive daydreaming has been an issue of mine for a while. I can't specifically remember when i started pretty much acting out the daydreams/ speaking aloud with facial expressions and pacing, but i have daydreamed huge amounts from a very young…Continue
I am not sure how to start this. If anyone reads it, i'd be glad if you leave a piece of advice (if you know because it's getting out of hand lately).I actually always lived more in my lala land than in real world. I just never thought it was…Continue
Hi, I'm new here. I'm 48 years old, and I have always struggled with obsessive daydreaming since I was in elementary school and I made up stories about me and Batman. I didn't realize that my problem had an official name until I Googled it and found…Continue
Does anyone here feel that they're not as smart as they used to be? I used to be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide small numbers in my head quite easily. These days I will struggle to do that. I also seem to be quite forgetful these days…Continue
Sometimes when there's a situation that I would really like to happen in real life I think "If you daydream about this, It WON'T happen!" like a kind of superstition. I probably end up daydreaming about it anyway, because it just keeps poping out in…Continue
Do your friends or family know about your daydreaming? What are their feelings/reactions to it? This is the only place where I can talk about my daydreaming. I've never told anyone and I'd be mortified if my family found out.Continue
I have always felt like I don't belong in this world. The only time I feel like I belong is in my daydreams. I have AVPD and really bad anxiety. I have absolutely no friends and I feel like I have no connection to the outside world, I even work from…Continue
Hello I'm new to the forum so sorry if I am posting in the wrong place.I have always daydreamed since early childhood but for the last 8 years it had become a huge problem and taken control of my life. I'm nearly 30 and feel like my entire adult…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
Out of My Mind…Continue